Health Care

Mom shocked to learn spider living in her ear was behind odd symptoms

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A mom has recalled the horrifying moment she realised her face was swelling up because she had a spider living in her ear.

Mother-of-two Angela Colborn was rushed to the A&E department last week after waking up with an “itchy ear” and swollen face.

Even before she went to St Helier Hospital in Sutton on April 26 she had told chemists that she felt something “wriggling around” and could hear scuttling noises.

Mrs Colborn, aged 38, was left stunned when doctor peered into her ear and spotted a spider’s legs deep inside her ear canal.

Medics found the creepy crawly was “lodged too deep” to be grabbed using forceps, so they flooded the ear with oil for 15 minutes to drown the critter before flushing it out with water.

Speaking this week, Mrs Colborn said: “I just knew there was something wriggling around in my head.

“It was like a horror film had become real.”

She said she was “being driven crazy”‘ by the “noise and sensation” of the spider in her ear.

“I had a meltdown when the nurse said she couldn’t see anything,” she added.

“I was going mad and banging my feet against the bed.

“Then a doctor came in and laid me down to have another look and that’s when he found it – I just told him to get it out.”

Mrs Colborn, of Wallington, Sutton near London, said it was “such a relief” when the doctor spotted the spider and drowned it – but says she now walks around with a HOOD over her head to stop any other spiders creeping into her ear.

She told the Croydon Guardian: “It has made me a bit paranoid now.

“I use the torch on my phone to look in my ear and under the pillows before I go to bed just in case.”

This article first appeared on The Sun.